Short List of "Cults", Aberrational Christian,
and Other Controversial Groups

Follow this link for a definition of "cults" and "aberrational" Christian groups. For a quick look at the significant difference of some of the major Bible-based groups with historic Christianity, see "Theology at a Glance".  Not all the groups or individuals listed below are to be considered "dangerous" or even "aberrational".   In some cases, information is provided solely on a basis of the controversies surrounding the group, and furthermore, some entries are simply definitions for the purpose of understanding the mindset of each group. Links to other articles regarding each group does not imply  endorsement of each site, but rather, are provided in an attempt to offer the reader an opportunity to make their own balanced and fair assessment of each group.  

The following list is our ongoing project of providing resources for dealing with controversial groups and individuals. It is perpetually under construction, as one might imagine.

A

Activated Ministries (See The Family of Love)

Alamo Christian Foundation

Ananda Maya Yoga  

Armstrongism 

Anthroposophical Society (Rudolph Steiner)

Aryan Nation- Christian Identity Movement

Assemblies of Yahweh -

Association for Research and Enlightenment (Edgar Cayce)

Atherius Society (UFO cult)

Attleboro Sect (aka The Body) 

Aurora Productions (See The Family of Love)

B

Baha'i

Body, The - (aka The Attleboro Sect)

Boston Movement

 

C

Children of God ( aka the Family of Love) 

Christadelphianism

Christian Identity Movement- See Aryan National Alliance

Christian Science

Church of Bible Understanding - .

Church of the Living Word (The Walk) - What Jesus is, we become.

Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgianism)

Church of Satan (Anton Lavey)

Church Universal and Triumphant (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

Course in Miracles, A

Cult Awareness Network (now an instrument of Scientology)

D

E

Eckankar (Paul Twitchell)

Emissaries of Divine Light

EST (The Forum)

F

Faith Assembly - Hobart Freeman

Family of Love (Children of God)  

Forum, The (EST)

Foundation Church of the Millennium 

Freemasonry

G

Gnosticism

Greater Grace World Outreach - Carl Stevens

H

Hare Krishnas (International Society for Krishna Conciousness)

Holy Order of MANS, The - (Earl Blighton)

I

J

Jehovah's Witnesses 

K

King James Onlyism

L

Lavey, Anton (Church of Satan)

Laymen's Home Missionary Movement

Local Church, The - (Witness Lee)

M

Megiddo Mission

Messianic Communities (aka Twelve Tribes, Island Pond, Vermont, Northeast Kingdom Community Church) - .

Mormonism - .

N

Narcisstic Personality Disorder

Nation of Islam- News Story from Conservative News.US "Farrahkan's Million Man Math"

New Age Movement, The

New Thought Movement - .

No-Name Fellowship (Champaign/Urbana Ministries)

O

P

Peace Mission Movement - The leader claimed to be God and the Holy Spirit.

Phelps, Fred (Westboro Baptist Church)

Potter's House

Q

R

Raelians

Restorationism

River of Life Ministries

Rosicrucianism

S

Satanism

Scientology  

Self-Realization Fellowship (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Set Free Christian Ministries

Spiritism

Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship (Arthur Ford)

Summit Lighthouse (aka Church Universal and Triumphant)

Swedenborgianism (Church of New Jerusalem)

T

Theosophic Society, The

Two by Twos (aka Church with no Name, Go-Preachers, Cooneyites)

U

Unification Church (Moonies)  

United Church of Religious Science, The 

United Pentecostal Church - (see "At a Glance Chart")

Unity School of Christianity - Jesus was a perfect man indwelt by the Christ Consciousness present in every person.

University Bible Fellowship

V

Victory Chapel (Potter's House, Open Door)

W

Way International, The 

Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps)

White Revolution

Wicca

Word of Faith Movement


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